Alan Jones Shocks Viewers With 'Tough' Message To Those Bullied
Alan Jones lives "very comfortably" believing he has the right to use his influence to roll a Prime Minister.
Controversial broadcaster Alan Jones believes he does not have to morally justify his string-pulling by making it clear he is not a journalist, rather a broadcaster, and had always been transparent in his opinions.
"I had a view about who I thought should be leading the Liberal Party and I made that view known," he said on Monday night's ABC Q&A.
"I didn't tell anybody how to vote or what to do. I merely expressed that this was a very, very important decision. And I think we should all get involved in this on a range of issues -- not just leadership."
And on the panel Jones had an unlikely ally in his corner -- Anthony Albanese. The Labor frontbencher said as long as the difference between media reporting and opinion is distinguished, Jones can voice his "transparent" opinions.
In a week that has seen Liberal MP Julia Banks quit politics because of a "scourge of cultural and gender bias, bullying and intimidation", Jones had little sympathy for the former Federal Member for Chisholm, and other politicians who claim they are being bullied.
"They need to take a teaspoon of cement and toughen up," Jones said..
Conservative media outlets and broadcasters have been under fire for their part played in the leadership spill, most notably by veteran political journalist Chris Uhlmann.
Fellow panelist, Annika Smethurst, National Political Editor for News Corp -- who was one of the media outlets slammed by Uhlmann -- defended journalists, and said they are not the only influencing factor in politicians' decisions.
"There wasn't any journalists in there voting. They've [politicians] got to be accountable for that when an election comes around. They can't come back and blame us for any decision they've made," she said.
But in the same contradictory breath, Jones called foul over the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union protesting against the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner, with placards that read "Go Get F***ed".
"That means that those people were significantly threatened... and we don't seem to worry about that," he said.
Minister for Defence, Steve Ciobo -- who in 2013 referred to a Labor leadership spill as an opportunity for Kevin Rudd to "slit Julia Gillard's throat" -- admitted parliament needs to maintain a workplace standard.
"If we're going to expect as a parliament that we have workplaces where people can feel safe, that they can do their job and not be intimidated and bullied - and we do expect that and try to enforce laws about it because we see disgusting examples frankly," he said.
But as Smethurst pointed out, voters have had enough of "politicians talking about politicians".
Maybe soon they'll get back to their job.
Featured Image: ABC Q&A